Downtown Y Camps

Summer Day Camp at the Y provides a safe and fun place for campers to make friends, learn new skills, and stay active

With more than 40 camps to choose from, we have something for every child’s interests. Summer Camp at the Y provides a safe and fun place for campers to make friends, learn new skills, and stay active. Throughout the summer, campers engage in value-based programs including swimming, sports, arts and crafts, team-building games, and more!


Hours Of Operation

7 am-6 pm

*Unless otherwise noted, camp specific activities will occur from 9 am-4 pm.

Camp Weeks

Week 1: Jun 22 – Jun 26
Week 2:  Jun 29 – Jul 3
Week 3: Jul 6 – Jul 10
Week 4: Jul 13 – Jul 17
Week 5: Jul 20 – Jul 24
Week 6: Jul 27 – Jul 31
Week 7: Aug 3 – Aug 7
Week 8: Aug 10 – Aug 14
Week 9: Aug 17 – Aug 21
Week 10: Aug 24 – Aug 28

*Four day week for day camps; fees will be prorated.


A comprehensive schedule is offered to introduce campers to a wide variety of sports while having fun and meeting new friends! The schedule provides the opportunity to participate in a different sport each week. Our Sports Unlimited Camp will allow your child to experience many different sports within one week.

Campers will focus on shooting, dribbling, and passing skills through a variety of fun drills, “lead-up” games and mini-tournaments.Stunt, Jump, Cheer, Dance, and Tumble your way through cheer camp. Campers will build self-confidence, leadership, and teamwork while learning basic cheer skills.
DodgeballFlag Football
Duck, Dive, and Dodge your way into this fun camp that plays a wide variety of dodge ball games as well as outdoor throwing and agility events.Campers are introduced to basic skills and concepts of the game including running, catching, and throwing. They will also learn to execute plays while participating in an actual game setting.
Campers will learn basic golf skills in a fun camp where they will experience putting, driving, rules, etiquette, and safety using the First Tee curriculum. Campers will visit local golf course, Holly Hills Country Club located in Ijamsville, MD, twice during the week to put their skills in action on the professional links.Gymnasts of all abilities will enjoy learning and improving their skills on the vault, bars, beam, and floor exercise.
Campers will develop character and self-confidence while learning discipline, stretching and fitness, balance and coordination, and the basic foundation needed for proper self-defense training. Various forms of Martial Arts will be explored.This camp is a Kick! It’s great for beginners and the soccer enthusiast looking to improve their foot skills, agility, and positioning. Campers will experience individualized player development within a team setting.
Sports Unlimited - IndoorSports Unlimited - Outdoor
So many sports ­— so little time. A wide variety of sports will be played where each day is a different sport experience. Fitness, teamwork and fun are emphasized. Campers will meet in the gymnasium and play indoor based games.This camp has the same focus as Indoor Sports Unlimited. Campers will participate outside and concentrate on outdoor based games.
Learn court awareness, make new friends, and have fun while improving footwork, tennis strokes, and agility. Tennis camp activities will take place at TJ High School in the morning and then transition via Y bus to Camp West Mar for swimming each afternoonBump, set, spike! Campers will improve basic volleyball skills through drills, games, and tournaments. Additional focus areas include teamwork & sportsmanship.


Develop a greater passion for the things you love, or try out something new at one of our specialty camps! Specialty camps are for campers looking for a week-long camp where they are able to focus on activities in a specific area. At each of our specialty camps, day campers still enjoy the flavor of traditional camp activities sprinkled throughout each day, with opportunities to develop in their specialized activity.

CookingCooking For Teens
Campers will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about cooking and food preparation. Weekly themes will allow exploration of a variety of foods and cultures as well as etiquette, knife skills, and nutrition. Campers will experience a field trip to the local restaurant Family Meal, to work with the “pros” to create a food masterpiece. This camp operates out of the Y’s Teaching Kitchen at the Bernard Brown Center on N. Market St.Campers will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about cooking and food preparation. Weekly themes will allow exploration of a variety of foods and cultures as well as etiquette, knife skills, and nutrition. Campers will experience a field trip to the local restaurant Family Meal, to work with the “pros” to create a food masterpiece. This camp operates out of the Y’s Teaching Kitchen at the Bernard Brown Center on N. Market St.
Heroic AdventuresHorsemanship - Intro
Campers will unleash their creativity and work together to save the day. Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors.
Each Week includes a fun theme-related field trip!
Week 2 - Gladiator
Week 4 - Secret Agent
Week 6 - Superhero
Week 8 - Gladiator
Week 10 - Secret Agent
Through a partnership with Feelgood Farm LLC, located in Tuscarora, MD, this camp provides kids with a well-rounded experience. From basic horsemanship and safety to technique and use of equipment, campers get the opportunity to experience it all. Throughout the week campers can expect to learn about grooming & tack, hike, partake in farm themed crafts and ride the horses! Families will be invited to a Friday afternoon show each week.
Horsemanship - AdvancedJunior Lifeguard
Campers for the advanced week must have completed at least one year of riding lessons or completed at least two weeks of Horsemanship Summer Camp.Learn what it takes to be a lifeguard! Campers will learn and practice skills including water rescues, CPR, and first aid that will prepare them for future training as a certified lifeguard. Our week will include daily skills practice, training games, classroom based education, and mock life-guarding. Campers who successfully complete the CPR and First Aid portions of the class can choose to purchase a Red Cross certification card. For safety reasons all campers MUST have strong swimming skills.
Language CampsPinball Wizard
Campers will learn the basics of a new language - including simple conversation skills, vocabulary, colors, and numbers. Campers will also study culture, learn songs & dances, create arts & crafts. Language instruction is taught by native or fluent speakers. Language camps provide a strong foundation for the future study of foreign language.
CAMP Offerings
Sign Language
This camp will be held at the Pinball EDU Center - Spinners Pinball: 919 N East St., located just behind the Downtown Y building. Unleash your camper’s imagination by joining Spinners in a fun filled summer at the arcade where everyone will learn critical thinking, planning, and make a bunch of new friends along the way!
Video games and pinball have been proven to strengthen critical thinking, planning and how to communicate effectively! We’ll expand on these skills and more with special events.
Make-your-own customizable PLAYABLE cardboard pinball machine to take home!
It’s more fun to compete! Make new friends during team competitions and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Learn about simple mechanics, mathematics, magnets, and gravity through pinball.
Day Camps at West Frederick Middle School
Computer ProgrammingScience Surrounds Us
Taking place at W. Frederick Middle School this summer, join us on an exploration of online programs that teach computer programming through fun interactive games. We will learn to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically!Taking place at West Frederick Middle School this summer, this camp promises to make Science fun! Science camp will use guided discovery to help kids understand the science that “surrounds” us each and every day! Campers will conduct various STEAM activities and experiments throughout the week as well as take a field trip.
Day Camps in
collaboration with the
Maryland Computer Science (MDCS) program
Web-Based Game Creation I Exploring Robotics I
Do you enjoy playing video games? Wouldn’t it be fun to learn how to make your own!? Join as we go from level to level, learning how to bring our ideas to life with computer code! In this camp students will utilize the fundamentals of programming in order to produce their very own web-based games! Prerequisite: A problem-solving mindset & a desire to learn!Wouldn’t it be cool to have a robot army to follow your every command? If you said yes, then you should join us for our Exploring Robotics camp where we’ll cover some of the basics of directive programming to get you well on your way to taking over the world! Uhhhh, we meant to say getting robots to follow harmless instructions. Yeah that’s it, following harmless instructions. Prerequisite: An imagination, problem-solving mindset & a desire to learn


Our Excursion Camps help young campers grow spiritually, mentally and physically in a positive environment. Campers participate in fun, adventure-filled weekly activities (both indoor and outdoor) that promote personal growth and encourage children and teens to make friends, acquire new skills, develop values and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Teen TrekWest Mar Overnight Experience
If your teenagers think that they are too old for summer camp, this camp is perfect for them. Teen Trek travels to a different location each day including
theme parks, sporting events, pools and
water parks, outdoor adventures, and so
much more. Weekly price includes costs
of admissions to daily excursions.
Select camps at the Downtown Y are eligible to sign up for a one night overnight stay at YMCA Camp West Mar. Campers will travel to West Mar Wednesday afternoon and return
Thursday morning. Dinner, Breakfast & Snacks will be provided at camp. A bag lunch will be sent with them on Thursday, when they return to their registered day camp.


Children enrolled in our Traditional Summer Day Camp will not want the summer to end! There’ll be plenty of time to make new friends, sing, play, explore, learn, and laugh–all under the watchful eyes of fully-trained staff. Fun for kids, peace of mind for you.

Imagination StationMarket Street
This creative arts based camp is geared for campers who will construct projects and participate in imaginative activities centered on themes. Campers may take walking field trips. Campers also enjoy swimming and outdoor recreation.This camp offers weekly theme based activities and campers participate in a wide variety of traditional camp activities including songs and games that they will play and sing for years to come. Market Street may take walking field trips. This camp has been a favorite of Y campers for years!
Preschool AdventureC.I.T. - Counselor In Training
A great first full-day camping experience for the younger camper. Campers will experience a full day of fun centered on weekly themes. Fun activities include arts and crafts, story time, outdoor adventures, water play and swimming. Children must be potty trained.Interested in working with children? The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is designed to give teens the opportunity to gain valuable life skills through a work-like experience. The focus of the program is hands on learning, promoting teamwork, and providing a positive, safe, and fun camp atmosphere.

The CITs will participate in skill development and team building workshops, as well as spend time assisting camp counselors in a specific group as assigned by the camp director. The CIT will have opportunities to assist with the overall implementation of activities and supervision of campers, while maintaining a positive, encouraging, and motivating attitude towards all summer staff, campers and activities.

To apply to be a Counselor In Training, download an application from our website at

The deadline to submit a CIT application, for returning and new candidates, is March 31.
CIT’s will be chosen by April 30.

Camp Documents

OUR MISSION: To Put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.